All award submissions will automatically be entered into the Carton of the Year Award, while entrants can also choose to enter the Sustainability and/or Innovation Award. The public will have the opportunity to vote for their favourite design worthy of taking home the Public Award. Platinum and
Gold Award winners will also be chosen.
Winners are selected by an esteemed judging panel of packaging experts representing different stakeholders from the cartonboard value chain. The judges will assess each entry against rigorous criteria, including graphic and structural design, production techniques, cost-efficiency, ecology, innovation, and convenience. The 2023 jury panel consisted of Satkar Gidda, leading consultant for branding and design, Susanne Lippitsch, leading packaging designer and founder of SL Design; and Sanjeev Das, Global Packaging Director in the Foods and Ice Cream business for Unilever.
The 2023 Carton of the Year accolade was awarded to Spanish carton converter, Alzamora Group and cartonboard manufacturer, Stora Enso for the innovative packaging design for SAS LABOGERS’ GERnétic. The judges described the “expertly designed package” as “the perfect demonstration of how you can achieve incredible results with cartonboard”.